Next Rightwing Priority: Another Hindu Shrine Board In Ramnagar




The right wing parties are keen to create yet another shrine board, this time for the Shri Pingla Devi Ji Shrine in the Ramnager outskirts. BJP lawmaker Ranbir Singh Pathania had moved a bill to create the law but the assembly did not pass it in the just concluded session.

The shrine is situated just outside the Pinger village, 25 kms from Ramnagar Town and is almost equidistant from another shrine of Shri Chountra Mata.

“Pilgrims in thousand number visit the shrines to pay their obeisance on all days especially every Tuesday and Sunday and particularly during Navratra with the result  the Yatra becomes unmanageable due to the reason that the basic infrastructure has not been developed,” Pathania said in his statement for objectives and reasons. “The pilgrimage to the shrine is increasing every year and offerings of the shrine are not being effectively utilized.”

Sources in the BJP said there is a possibility of the shrine bill being taken up in the next session for the passage so that a board takes care of the shrine.

If the bill was passed, this will become the sixth Hindu shrine board in the state. J&K already five shrine boards – Vaishno Devi in Katra, Amarnath cave in Kashnmir, Shiv Khori in Reasi, Machail Yatra (Bhaderwah-Poonch) and for the shrine of Mata Sukhrala Devi and Mata Bala Sundari. The latter twin shrine board set up by Congress operates in Billawar and was approved by the cabinet in March 2013.


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